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Lever and a Place to Stand, A: The Contemplative Stance, the Active Prayer Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HiddenSpring (June 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AKOGAC
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This is an excellent set of talks which synthesises much of rohr's writings on meditation, contemplation and the relationship between prayer, faith and religion. for someone looking for a brief intro to the main themes of his recent writings I can think of no better start than reading this book.
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Richard Rohr, A Lever and a Place to Stand: The Contemplative Stance, the Active Prayer (2011: The World Community of Christian Meditation).

My friends tell me that one of the memories they take away from my Leadership Seminars - and sometimes my preaching - is a few of `Croucher's Global Statements'. OK, (give a dog a bad name...:-) here's another:

** In my humble opinion Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr is the English-speaking world's #1 contemporary Christian prophet **

There, now that that's off my chest, let's have a quick glance at his latest book.

Richard is `with-it' (he's au fait with Emerging Church thinking, a la Phyllis Tickle, Brian McLaren et al), ecumenical (I love his sometimes oblique but devastating critiques of church hierarchies), erudite (he's a voracious reader and, these days, author), irenical (but the conservatives and liberals each regularly `cop a serve') and very `grounded' and friendly (we've been privileged to have him stay with us in Melbourne).

The thesis of A Lever and a Place to Stand is simple, but not-so-simple: Without a genuine contemplative stance, we'll never adequately challenge the oppressions, materialism and sectarianism of our modern world. But activism without contemplation/meditation is mostly the preferred short-cut moderns take to `attack' the world's problems, hence, for example, imperialistic disasters like Aghanistan, the incarceration of more people in U.S. prisons for drug-related offences than were in Russian gulags a generation or two ago, the selfishness of `born again/right wing' Christianity in the U.S. and elsewhere which attacks issues like gay relationships, for example, with conservative hermeneutics and bigotry rather than empathy... the list goes on.
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This book was truly a blessing to me and one that I needed right at the time I read it. Centering Prayer is becoming more and more meaningful for me every day, and Father Richard Rohr knows just how to make it come alive for me and I'm sure he can for you also, if you let him.
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Richard Rohr is a fabulous author. This book is being used with a discussion group to enhance our spirituality! He has a great way of making one examine their belief structures to distinguish what's worth keeeping and what needs to be discarded! So far, so good!
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I'm Catholic, but I have often wondered about the Church during the last few years. Richard Rohr renews my faith in it, in part because he sure doesn't slavishly follow the party line. I'm no rocket scientist, so a fair amount of what Father Rohr writes is above me, but what I understand often has reacting with an "Aha!" I've gotten a lot out of every one of his books, but none more than this one.
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The most important book I've read as far as understanding the meaning of life, how we live well, and how to make an individual life better on the inside. The outside stuff of living bogs down the mind, and doesn't really improve our lives in the grand scheme of things. Very clearly written.
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Another great book on the interplay between action and contemplation. He always has fresh new ways of approaching his material and this one is no exception. I love how Thomas Merton presents contemplation in New Seeds of Contemplation. But Richard is much easier to understand. I found that returning to Merton after reading Richard gives me a fresh insight into what Merton has to say. Well written.
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For those of us who search for meaning in their Christian walk, Fr. Richard Rohr provides excellent examples of Spiritual contemplation, as he guides us through church history and it's mystics, (St. Augustine, St. Bonaventure, St. Francis, and many more). A must read for those who are searching for a better understanding...
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